Statement from Bishop Malooly on the killing of George Floyd and aftermath

May 30, 2020 — (Wilmington, Delaware) — The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington has issued the following statement on the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota and the resulting demonstrations and violence that has erupted across the United States.

“I express my sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Floyd. I pray for the repose of Mr. Floyd’s soul, and that God will send comfort and consolation to his family. While I support those who seek justice through peaceful demonstrations, we must keep in mind what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. taught us about non-violence. It is easy to lash out in anger when confronted by injustice, but the easy thing to do is often not the right thing to do. Please join me this Pentecost weekend in prayer that the Holy Spirit will guide us to lasting, peaceful solutions to the problems we face as a society. Racism, brutality, murder, violence, bigotry, and disenfranchisement are not Gospel values and must be condemned in the strongest terms. Let us proceed as brothers and sisters, beloved children of God.”

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